Tuesday, May 05, 2009
So I just got back from my Dad's 75th birthday party (flew up to Toronto to celebrate). Lots of food, buffet style, and dinner etc for the party. Sisters and I planned the food, and I made several requests for a meat/deli and cheese platter. Of course, no. My family doesn't do protien. It was a BUFFET of carbs I tell ya! Yes, there was one veggie platter with dip, and one cheese and cracker platter, but absolutely everything else, I could not or would not eat. Just to give you a picture of this buffet: Bowl of mixed fruit, platter of grapes and strawberries, more platters of more fruit (cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew), tiny bowl of nuts (actually trail mix), 1 platter of veggies, 1 platter of cheese, and an ENTIRE TABLE of platters of cookies, brownies, bars, and other sugary sh*t. Did I mention a huge birthday cake too? I ended up not eating anything. It was just too dangerous to go over to the table. I was literally afraid to go get a celery stick with dip or a slice of cheese, because I'd have to fight my way through a mountain of temptations.
It was so apparent from the buffet - that is exactly how my family eats. They couldn't understand why anyone wouldn't eat that. It was just so.... enlightening I guess. They truly couldn't imagine eating any other way, and I couldn't imagine returning to those levels of sugar.
After dinner, hubby and I went to go get KFC (and I promptly pulled off all of the skin and breading). LOL.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Ok, so things have been a bit crazy and I've not been as focussed on the diet and exercise as I once was. I've just been doing induction for the past week, and I'm already down 1.4 pounds. WooHOO! This is a good start :-) I wanna be in the 160s for summer!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I've been travelling pretty consistently since November 13th. I have 2 more nights to go, and then I will FINALLY be home for several months. The damage so far has been a few pounds ( I'm at 176 right now). Although I can't say I've been bad per se (except for a few days at Christmas when I did have some carbs I shouldn't have), its just that I haven't been GOOD ENOUGH to keep from gaining. I made it to the gym today and two time last week. I'm just soooo looking forward to getting back into a routine.
CAN'T WAIT TO BE BACK!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
My first 5K time: 36:29
Which is actually my best time yet.
So I woke up at 3 am with butterflies and very sore knees. I think I was running in my sleep. Consulted the hubby who assured me that I could take one acetominophen without any harm before a race. Took one and went back to sleep.
Got to the race site and registered. Checked out the competition (everyone looked so DAMN serious). Took a little jog to warm up. My legs felt like lead. I was truly regretting my 6K run on Thursday. I kept thinking "DUH, this is why they tell runners to TAPER their running before a race, but nooooo, not me.... I have to run further right before the race."
Not really feeling nervous, except that the opening stretch is uphill and I always run on a really flat area. The hubby is there to drop me off and take pictures. He makes a funny remark about a little old lady with bright orange shoes, who is shuffling around the parking lot "well... you've got her beat..".
Ok. On your mark, get set, go. Everyone takes off. I'm amazed at how quickly the pack spreads out. The folks up front are really freeking speady. I just keep saying to myself... run your own race, run your own race. I seem toward the back of the running pack, but ahead of all of the walkers. Well thats a relief, I think, at least I won't be last.
I focus on my ipod music, which even though its my usual tunes, nothing seems just right. I keep fast forwarding to the next song and the next song trying to find my groove. My legs start to feel less like lead after the hill and I'm beginning to feel strong and capable. Then the lady in the orange shoes passes me.
I get water everywhere from the first water stop. Note to self... learn to run and drink from a cup.
Then I just start to feel really really tired. So I walk for 10 paces. Run another song. Walk 20 paces. I just don't seem to be able to find my groove. Another water stop. More jogging. Another Grandpa passes me. I start to jog again and pass him. The second I'm beside him he starts to jog beside me. This irritates the crap out of me. I don't want to jog with you!! Leave me alone! I take 20 sprinted paces to get away from him. Jog further. Finally I just can't escape him. I walk for half a song until he's ahead of me and I won't think about him anymore.
I wanna find my groove! Where is it? Why does no song seem to work?
Finally, I hit the 3.5K mark and suddenly feel much better. I'm jogging much better, I'm not tired anymore and everything just clicks. I'm on my way home. I hit the info button on my ipod and my pace isn't as bad as I thought it was. I guess I was running too fast on the jogs and thats why the music just wasn't working for me.
I run the last 1.5 K, feeling great and wanting to make good time. With a half K to go, my ipod tells me that I'm at 34 minutes. Wow! I think. If I speed up, I can still beat my best time, even with all that walking....
So I speed up. :-) and I come in at 36:29 which is just unbeleiveable considering how much walking I did.
My lesson learned: go slllloooowww at first, and you really have to focus on pacing yourself. If you run too fast, you end up walking too much.
Overall- happy! a beautiful cool fall day, with the leaves falling all around me as I ran. Glad I did it. Glad I can say that I did it. And I can honestly say that this is something that I couldn't have ever done in my life before this point. Ever. Not even when I was a kid....
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